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Integrating Public Health and Primary Care Systems

Integrating Public Health and Primary Care Systems VIEWPOINT Integrating Public Health and Primary Care Systems Potential Strategies From an IOM Report minorities or on the frequency of emergency department Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA visits for cardiovascular conditions? Kevin Grumbach, MD The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently issued a re- Paul J. Wallace, MD port, “Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integra- tion to Improve Population Health,” that addresses these PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN SITS IN HER OFFICE WITH questions. The authors of this Viewpoint were members of her patient, an overweight 57-year-old man with the IOM committee that produced this report on strategies diabetes and hypertension. She knows that in to promote the integration of public health and primary care. A addition to treating his chronic medical condi- The report is not the first to explore how these 2 sectors tions, she also should encourage him to quit smoking, might align and coordinate efforts to improve population modify his diet, and increase his level of activity to reduce health. Integration of primary care and public health has al- the risk of developing disabling or fatal heart disease or ways been logical. Both sectors share an emphasis on pre- stroke. At the same time, a public health http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Integrating Public Health and Primary Care Systems

JAMA , Volume 308 (5) – Aug 1, 2012

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2012.8227
pmid
22851111
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Abstract

VIEWPOINT Integrating Public Health and Primary Care Systems Potential Strategies From an IOM Report minorities or on the frequency of emergency department Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA visits for cardiovascular conditions? Kevin Grumbach, MD The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently issued a re- Paul J. Wallace, MD port, “Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integra- tion to Improve Population Health,” that addresses these PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN SITS IN HER OFFICE WITH questions. The authors of this Viewpoint were members of her patient, an overweight 57-year-old man with the IOM committee that produced this report on strategies diabetes and hypertension. She knows that in to promote the integration of public health and primary care. A addition to treating his chronic medical condi- The report is not the first to explore how these 2 sectors tions, she also should encourage him to quit smoking, might align and coordinate efforts to improve population modify his diet, and increase his level of activity to reduce health. Integration of primary care and public health has al- the risk of developing disabling or fatal heart disease or ways been logical. Both sectors share an emphasis on pre- stroke. At the same time, a public health

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 2012

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